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Ice Cream Stand
Pittsburgh, PA
Photo courtesy Mark Hackett

Kennywood Park of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is a national historic landmark and home to the Thunderbolt, a wooden roller coaster that first began operation in 1968.


Art Deco Refreshment Stand
Photo courtesy Mark Hackett

Kennywood is also a site of some of the best art-deco and neon buildings and signage in the nation. Samples include the art-deco refreshment stand at the right and ice cream stand at the left. If you're a fan of classic nostalgic amusement parks, Kennywood is a must visit.


Kennywood Turtle Ride
Pittsburgh, PA
Photo courtesy Mark Hackett

At Kennywood Park is the Turtle Ride, known for bubbles floating out of the mouths of each turtle. On a historical note, the Turtle debuted in 1927 at Kennywood. Currently, there are only 4 such rides in existence of which 3 are in the States (1 is in England).




Playland Park
Photo courtesy Steve Felder

Another great roadside find, Playland Park (top right) on the south side of Akron is located near the "Rubber Bowl." But eventually this marquee may be all you'll see, as this funland has become just another statistic in the great defunct parkside in the sky.



Photo courtesy Steve Felder

On the Indiana Beach Midway is this Sno Cone and Cotton Candy stand. A common sight along ocean front boardwalks.



Wildwood, NJ
Photo courtesy Steve Felder

This aquarium which features salt water taffy is located at the Wildwoods, NJ.





Glen Echo Park
Glen Echo, MD
Photos courtesy Kate Durall

Glen Echo Park is an old amusement park that was established in the 1800's as a National Chautauqua Assembly.

Glen Echo became an amusement park in the early 1900's, which lasted until 1968.Today, the park features artists and art related organizations, a restored carousel, and education programs. More information can be found at the Glen Echo Park website.


Popcorn at Glen Echo Park
Photo courtesy Kate Durall


The Adventure Theatre is a children's theater founded in 1951. The theatre is located in the arcade building in Glen Echo Park. More information about the Adventure Theatre is here. 11-08

Adventure Theatre
Photo courtesy Kate Durall










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